Life histories


Weird and wonderful results from the realm of life history theory (i.e. how to ‘schedule’ one’s life, how large to grow and how fast to do it…)


pdf Gerber, N., Kokko, H., Ebert, D. & Booksmythe, I. 2018. Daphnia invest in sexual reproduction when its relative costs are reduced. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 285: 20172176.
pdf Medina, I., Langmore, N.E., Lanfear, R. & Kokko H. 2017. The evolution of clutch size in hosts of avian brood parasites. American Naturalist 190:E112-E123.
Kokko, H., Schindler, S. & Sprouffske, K. 2017. Searching for a cancer-proof organism: it’s the journey that teaches you about the destination. Pages 247-254 in Ecology and Evolution of Cancer (eds. Ujvari, B., Roche, B. & Thomas, F.), Elsevier.
haiku  pdf Kokko, H. & Hochberg, M.E. 2015. Towards cancer-aware life-history modelling. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370:20140234.
haiku  pdf Boddy, A.M., Kokko, H., Breden. F., Wilkinson, G. & Aktipis, C.A. 2015. Cancer susceptibility and reproductive trade-offs: a model of the evolution of cancer defences. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370:20140220.
haiku  pdf Umbers, K.D.L., Symonds, M.R.E. & Kokko, H. 2015. The mothematics of female pheromone signalling: strategies for aging virgins. American Naturalist 185:417-432.
Kokko, H. 2013. How wise is Mother Nature? Maximization, optimization and short-sighted resource use in biological evolution. Pages 69-80 in: Human happiness and the pursuit of maximization: is more always better? (H. Brockmann & J. Delhey, eds.) Springer.
Jeschke, J.M. & Kokko, H. 2009. The roles of body size and phylogeny in fast and slow life histories. Evolutionary Ecology 23:867-878.
Jeschke, J.M. & Kokko, H. 2008. Mortality and other determinants of bird divorce rate. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63:1-9.
pdf Heubel, K., Lindström, K. & Kokko, H. 2008. Females increase reproductive effort when future access to males is uncertain. Biology Letters 4:224-227.
Jeschke, J.M., Gabriel, W. & Kokko, H. 2008. Population dynamics: r-strategists / K-strategists. Pages 3113-3122 in: Encyclopedia of Ecology (Jørgensen, S.E. & Fath, B.D., eds.) Elsevier B.V., Oxford.
pdf Sarhan, A. & Kokko, H. 2007. Multiple mating in the Glanville fritillary butterfly: a case of within-generation bet-hedging? Evolution 61:606-616.
pdf Stoehr, A. & Kokko, H. 2006. Sex differences in immunocompetence: what does life history theory predict? Behavioral Ecology 17:751-756.
pdf Härdling, R. & Kokko, H. 2003. Life history traits as causes or consequences of social behaviour: why do cooperative breeders lay small clutches? Evolutionary Ecology Research 5:691-700.
Brommer, J.E., Merilä, J. & Kokko, H. 2002. Reproductive timing and individual fitness. Ecology Letters 5:802-810.
Brommer, J.E., Pietiäinen, H. & Kokko, H. 2002. Cyclic variation in seasonal recruitment and the evolution of the seasonal decline in Ural owl clutch size. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 269:647-654.
Kokko, H., Lindström, J. & Ranta, E. 2001. Life histories and sustainable harvesting. Pages 301–322 in: Conservation of Exploited Species (eds. J.D. Reynolds, G.M. Mace, K.H. Redford & J.G. Robinson). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Brommer, J. E., Kokko, H. & Pietiäinen, H. 2000. Reproductive effort and reproductive values in periodic environments. American Naturalist 155:454-472.
pdf Kokko, H. 1998. Good genes, old age and life history trade-offs. Evolutionary Ecology 12:739-750.
Kokko, H. 1997. Evolutionarily stable strategies of age-dependent sexual advertisement. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 41:99-107.
Kokko, H. & Lindström, J. 1996. Evolution of female preference for old mates. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 263:1533-1538.
Kokko, H. & Ranta, E. 1996. Evolutionary optimality of delayed breeding in voles. Oikos 77:173-175.

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